Driving approximately 36 miles throughout the day; about 1.5 hours total, with stops for field trips. Walking up 1/2 mile total in short segments over the course of the day. Grandchildren will participate in soccer activities at Starfire.
At the hotel, we’ll have a breakfast buffet featuring a variety of hot and cold items, plus milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.
Setting out together in vans, we’ll take the short drive to the Starfire Soccer Complex, a 54-acre soccer heaven. The campus features exceptional all-weather turf soccer fields, an 85,000-square-foot athletic center with two premier indoor fields, a restaurant, espresso shop, soccer retail store, video arcade, and more. Starfire’s mission is to build community by delivering an inclusive world-class soccer experience to every player that inspires, encourages and empowers youth through participation in soccer. Starfire ensures that everyone can play in an excellent facility regardless of skill level, age, gender, ethnicity or income. There is no better place to experience the passion of soccer. Once on site at Starfire, in the same classroom the pro teams use, we'll begin with a session on soccer elements for success prior to our field training. Our coaching director will be a United States Soccer Federation nationally licensed coach with 20+ years of successful high school and youth coaching experience who is known for his passion developing student athletes who excel on the field, in the classroom, and in life. The soccer curriculum is specially designed for our Road Scholar program to deliver progressive soccer content teaching players how to train and grow in skills and tactics (regardless of level). Soccer content is balanced with the importance of character traits for success in soccer and life and is infused throughout the program. Then we'll step outside the classroom and onto the soccer field for our first skill building sessions where we'll strive to master the skills of the game in a lively, fun, and active field sessions with grandparents watching. Grandparents will attend the session to support and encourage players as we see and experience first-hand how the coaches work.
At Starfire restaurant, we’ll have catered box lunches, plus water and soft drinks.
We'll then return to the hotel via vans to freshen up and change clothes before transferring via motorcoach for an "innovation" field trip to explore Seattle’s Space Needle. On its recently renovated Observation Deck at 520 feet in elevation, we will take in epic circular views of the Emerald City, surrounding lakes, mountain ranges, and ferries traversing the Puget Sound. Afterwards, we'll walk over to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center for a first-hand interactive experience uniquely appealing to both children and grandparents. We'll learn from docents how philanthropy is changing lives around the world and how the next generation can participate. You can even share the experience with friends and family back home by creating a message on site about a cause or world issue, then send it to friends and family. The facility is interactive, high tech, facilitated by cool GenX docents, and it encourages hands-on learning!
At Chinook's Restaurant, a popular Northwest restaurant on the water at the Iconic Seattle Fisherman's Marina,we’ll have plated meals, soft drinks, coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
During dinner in our private room at the restaurant, we'll join our with a soccer expert for a short inspirational discussion that will focus on some stories about local professional players who are role models. After dinner, our motor coach returns to the hotel in the evening.